Adult film tycoon Stormy Daniels has a story to tell — and she's definitely keeping it in the news. On Tuesday, Daniels' lawyer released a sketch of the man who allegedly threatened Daniels several years ago, and there are already numerous theories about who it's meant to portray.
Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, announced that they would be releasing a sketch of the man on Tuesday morning in an appearance on The View. Daniels claims that a man approached her in 2011, threatening her with physical harm if she went public with her story about an alleged affair with Donald Trump.
In a previous interview with 60 Minutes, Daniels described the encounter, saying that she was in a parking lot on the way to a fitness class with her young daughter, when an unknown man approached them. "And a guy walked up on me and said to me, 'Leave Trump alone. Forget the story,'" Daniels told 60 Minutes host Anderson Cooper. "And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, 'That's a beautiful little girl. It'd be a shame if something happened to her mom.' And then he was gone."
In her interview on The View on Tuesday, then, Daniels said that the man's image had been burned into her mind.
No sooner had the sketch been released, though, than the great minds of Twitter began speculating on who it might actually portray. A common thought was the beloved actor Willem Dafoe, whose career, one commentator said, had "really taken a nosedive."
Another person speculated that it wasn't actually Dafoe, but that Dafoe would surely be the actor tapped to play the man in the sketch for the eventual film version of events.
And really, when you put pictures of the two side by side, there is a definite resemblance there:
Another frequently named celebrity was someone who doesn't look entirely similar to Defoe, but still somehow does look like the picture: NFL legend Tom Brady.
While those are the names that seem to be most frequently raised, the theories don't stop there — but some of them do get pretty out there. For example, one commentator was astute enough not only to remember the accountant who supplied the wrong Best Picture envelope at the 2017 Oscars, but also to say that the sketch resembled that accountant.
Another accused someone who has a pretty solid alibi: Balthier from Final Fantasy 12, who, of course, is fictional.
Others went a bit closer to home for the Trump clan, claiming that looked like former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, otherwise known as "the Mooch":
Jon Bon Jovi's name was also mentioned, along with Trump's sons Donald Jr. and Eric. Consensus, as usual, has eluded the denizens of this particular social media site. Several people also noted that the man in the sketch, if an alleged thug, isn't exactly bad looking.
The sketch's release came with additional data about the man — he was “lean but fit" at the time, the sketch artist wrote, and his height was between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet tall. Avenatti also stressed on The View that there would be a $100,000 reward for anyone who could correctly identify the man — so perhaps that was a motivating factor behind Twitter's furious speculation. Anyone who does have an actual suspicion — like, one besides Willem Dafoe and Tom Brady — even has an email to go to with that information, Avenatti announced: IDTheThug@gmail.com.
Now, police sketches aren't always entirely accurate, as they rely strictly on the victim or victims' memories and the way the victim can describe the appearance to the artist. However, they've worked in the past — so this one has at least a chance of working, too.